Centralia, Illinois is blessed with beautiful parks and recreation areas. Since 1989 Centralia has been a designated Tree City USA, which offers a variety of beautiful trees.
If you like fishing, hiking, picnicking, golfing, swimming, and water sports, there are all sorts of recreation opportunities in tranquil and calm settings attracting all ages. Come visit Centralia!
Centralia's Foundation Park is a unique private park open to the public. This scenic 235 acre park is open year-round from dawn until 11 p.m. daily. There are miles of hiking trails, an exercise trail, an ice skating pond, and two fishing ponds both stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish. The park also sports a restored prairie, a Chapel in the Woods, the Hall Shelter, the Sentinel Shelter, The Bowl (an outdoor amphitheatre) , Moose Oven, and the Miner's Memorial. You can even play a round of Disc Golf. Reservations for group use of the Park is requested by contacting The Foundation. You won't want to miss this natural Southern Illinois beauty. The main entrance is located at McCord & Pleasant Streets. The main park road is closed through the winter months. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. There is no charge for using any of the parks facilities.
Raccoon Lake features over 20 miles of shoreline and 707 acres of water. Fishing is the primary recreation on this lake (bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish). You may even catch a fishing tournament on this lake. A boat ramp is located at the north end of Country Club Road.
Lake Centralia covers more than 400 acres. This lake is great for boating and water skiing. Pontoon boats, sailboats, and other boats 21 feet in length and under are allowed on this lake. There is also great fishing on this lake. A boat ramp is located on Waverunner Cove accessible from Green Street Road to Scout Road.
Boat license for lakes
are issued through the City Clerk's Office, call (618) 533-7625, a current
insurance policy number for liability and the Watercraft Registration
Card with the number are required for issuance.
Outstanding Golf: Swing into action at any of the terrific golf courses in the area.
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